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晶元光電也低頭,接受Rothschild授權機制

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科技產業資訊室 (iKnow) - David 發表於 2008年5月12日

新聞:(2008年5月9日Semiconductor Today- Epistar licenses Rothschild LED patents)LED chip-maker Epistar Corp of Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park, Taiwan says it has obtained a worldwide license from Dr Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, professor emerita of Materials Science and Engineering at Columbia University, for her US Patents 5,252,499 ('Wide Band-Gap Semiconductors Having Low Bipolar Resistivity and Method of Formation’, issued in 1993) and 4,904,618 (‘Process for Doping Crystals of Wide Band Gap Semiconductors’, issued in 1990), as well as their foreign counterpart patents. [1]

表一、Rothschild教授ITC案件基本資料

Document Type:

337 Complaint

Filed By:

Albert L. Jacobs, Jr.

Firm/Org:

Dreier LLP

Behalf Of:

Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, Hartsdale, NY

Date Received:

February 20, 2008

Commodity:

Yes Short-Wavelength Light Emitting Diodes

Description:

Letter to Marilyn R. Abbott, Secretary, USITC; requesting the Commission to conduct an investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended regarding Short-Wavelength Light Emitting Diodes, Laser Diodes and Products Containing Same. The proposed respondents are: Avago Technologies, Singapore; Bacol Optoelectronic Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan; Ben-Q Corporation, Taipei, Taiwan; Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd., Japan; Dominant Semiconductors Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia; Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan; Exceed Perseverance Electronic Ind., China; Guangzhou Hongli Opto-Electronic Co., Ltd., China; Harvatek International Inc., Taiwan; Hitachi, Ltd., Japan; Kingbright Electronic Co., Ltd., Taiwan; LG Electronics, Korea; Lite-On Technology Corp., Taiwan; Lucky Light Electronics Co., Ltd., China; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Japan; Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, IL; Nokia Finland; Opto Tech Corporation, Taiwan; Pioneer Corporation, Japan; Rohm Co., Ltd., Japan; Samsung Group, Korea; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Japan; Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., Korea; Sharp Corporation, Japan; Shenzhen Hensel PhotoelectronicsCo., Ltd., China; Shenzhen Unilight Electronic Co., Ltd., China; Shenzhen Yajiayu Electronics Co., Ltd., China; Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd., Japan; Sony Corporation, Japan; Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, Sweden; Stanley Electric Co., Ltd., Japan; Toshiba Corporation, Japan; Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., Malvern, PA; and Yellow Stone Corporation, Taiwan.

Status:

337-TA-640

Source: http://info.usitc.gov,2008/05。

評析:
在文【哥倫比亞教授控告全球30家公司侵犯LED專利事件啟示】我們介紹美國哥倫比亞大學(Columbia University)應用物理與應用數學系(Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics)榮譽教授Gertrude F. Neumark Rothschild於2008年2月19日在美國ITC控告LED上、中、下游等全球30家公司侵權事件,並討論Gertrude F. Neumark基本資料與研發能量。

該案案號為「337-TA-640」,基本資訊如表一所示。完整337-TA-640訴狀正本(Complaint 檔案下載 )。

在該ITC案件中,億光與首爾半導體已在4月22日和Rothschild教授達成和解。近日晶元光電(Epistar Corporation)亦主動宣布取得Rothschild教授全球非專屬授權,授權專利包括US5,252,499與US4,904,618兩件專利,與其對應之全球專利家族。在此授權機制下,任何由晶元光電所生產與製造之LED產品將合法取得Rothschild教授授權。

需要說明,在該ITC案件中,晶元光電(Epistar Corporation)並非30家被告之一。換言之,晶元光電取得授權乃是由於下游系統廠商被告,所引起的被動接受授權。從晶元光電案例中,也可再次說明,東西不賣到美國不代表不會被告或不受影響,在全球產業供應鏈架構下,任何產業上、中、下游均需小心應付接踵而至侵權訴訟戰爭。(704字;表1)

參考資料:

  1. Semiconductor Today(2008),Epistar licenses Rothschild LED patents,上網日期:2008年5月12日,取自:http://www.semiconductor-today.com/news_items/2008/MAY/EPISTAR_090508.htm

 
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